The Complete Stories
Winner of the National Book Award
The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetimeEverything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Ha...more
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I think she let her readers try to figure it out for the most part. Many of her stories have these ironies rooted in them that you have to think about. She doesn't just come out and say something should be wrong or right. But if you read some of these a few times and let them fester, I think you'll find she's saying a lot.(less)
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The stories are hard-bitten, bizarre and haunting. Two that I read years ago in college have stuck with me and are just as jarring today as they were then. O'Connor's th ...more
"Listen here," he hissed, "I don't care if he's good or not. He ain't right!A Stroke of Good Fortune. The Life You Save May Be Your Own. The River. The Displaced Person. A View of the Woods. The Lame Shall Enter First. Two of these are contained within Everything That Rises Must Converge. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories has the other four. Neither one would have done as much good in my estimation as the works in toto. Key word my.
Flannery O'Connor was an author whose name seeped i ...more
I can't imagine what it would have been like to live inside Mary Flannery O'Connor's head, obviously. But I am damned sure it can't have been agreeable. Her world is peopled with monsters. Damaged, limbs severed. Afflicted. Not whole. Children like evil spirits that descend on the sanctimonious. Parents that neglect, or beat their children. Bigots. The cruel and the feckless and the randomly murderous. Their names are monstrous too. Mr ...more
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Now I can't believe it took me seven years to get back to this volume, expect for recognizing that O'Connor's unflinching worldview isn't always a lure and, of course, the main excu ...more
It might not be the best way to do it, but some of the repeated events and themes - death, guilt, resistance to chance, issues with religion - start to become comical when repeated at such rapid frequency.
And laughter is appropriate. Flannery O'Connor is not afraid of humor, evidenced by one of the only surviving recordings o ...more
O'Connor responded to a fr ...more
Non si può fuggire alla capacità dei racconti della O'Connor di cambiarti in profondità nel corso di pochi minuti, dentro a quel labirinto eterno e ineffabile di significati implacabili e di fatti primordiali, affilati come lame di pugnali, letali come il veleno di un serpente. La O'Connor ci sospinge al di là del buio, nell'oscurità che non possiamo conoscere; come autrice si trasforma in un destino che ci guida, attraverso le sfide del vivere, le domande senza risposta, la lot ...more
That is not to say they aren't enjoyable. I laughed along with some g ...more
She covers the Grotesque and Sin of Southern life, for some thirty-odd stories. Sin and Grace in a palatable and altering way. Excellent characterization, using the smallest of details and conversations to broaden personality.
Like all good short story collections, not to be consumed in one sitting.
Vorrei avere un dottorato in letteratura americana per poter parlare della meravigliosa O’Connor con cognizione di causa, ma purtroppo non è il mio caso.
Cinici, tragici, amari, cattivi, violenti, perversi. Se anche solo uno di questi aggettivi stuzzica le vostre corde, avete trovato la raccolta perfetta!
La O’Connor non sembra contemplare l’idea di lieto fine e le differenti sorti assegnate ai suoi personaggi sono dec ...more
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With a few adjustments for technology and history, the characters depicted in story after story are mostly ordinary, modern Americans. In fact, the author's benighted rookery of dim-wits and out-and-out idiots finds its voice today thoughout th ...more
As Thomas Merton said about Flannery in 1965: "A relentlessly perfect writer, full of tragedy and irony."
Well, I'm going to be in the minority here folks and admit that after reading this lifelong collection of Flannery O'Connor's works, I am not a fan. Some stories I liked. For example, A Good Man is Hard to find is one that will stick with me. Most of the stories won't stick with me. Some, I've already dismissed fr ...more
After the first eight stories this thing lights on fire. Sifting from A Stroke.. into Enoch.. into A Good Man... that alone is enough to just be completely blown away. And then there's the fury of twenty more to follow. In fact, A Late Encounter comes next!
I've put it down against my will for now because that ...more
Grim and often occasionally horrifying stories of the South and some of the people who occupy its darkest parts. Slightly repetitive, especially when read too close together--I settled for one story per day, over the course of a month, so it's probably best to take these one at a time. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "Revelation" were especially powerful.
"[...] I'm the victim. I've always been the victim." ("Greenleaf")Here's the thing: I didn't actually enjoy reading Flannery O'Connor's complete collection of short stories. O'Connor's characters are frustrated, angry, resistant to change, religiously devoted to their customs. Her writing is sparse, full of jolting similes and matter-of-fact dialogue. It's cruel and decisive. It's like quicksand, coming up from under to suffocate you.
He wondered if she walked at night and came there ever—came...more
As in Dante, purgatory is worse than hell; and as in Dante, it always points toward paradise. Everyone here is so sick that the reader must have God's own vision to see any possible healing-- for the characters, or for herself (since the American Christians and intellectuals who make up most of O'Con ...more
My biggest complaint about this collection is including O'Connor's early (unpublished before this collection) stuff up front. It makes sense chronologically, but they're weaker than the rest of the collection, and I would have rather read them last (but I'm OCD and ...more
O'Connor is all about pathetic power strugg ...more
Her The Complete Stories received the 1972 National Book Award for Fiction. In a 2009 online poll conducted by the National Book Foundation, the collection was named the best work to have won the ...more
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